Willson, Chamberlain Join Communications Staff
LSU Sports Interactive
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU Athletics announced on Wednesday that Judy Willson has been named associate communications director and Chelsey Chamberlain has been appointed assistant communications director.
Willson, a former president of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), will supervise communications for the women’s basketball and women’s golf programs, and Chamberlain, recently honored as the CoSIDA “Rising Star”, will manage communications for volleyball and softball.
Willson comes to LSU after serving seven years as a member of the Mountain West Conference communications staff, where she was the primary media contact for women's basketball, volleyball, baseball and women's swimming & diving. In 2012, Willson was the local host media coordinator for the NCAA Women's Final Four, held at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., and she has served on the NCAA Women's Final Four Media Coordination Committee for the past seven seasons.
Willson worked for three years as the assistant director of athletic media relations at the University of New Mexico, two and a half years as the director of athletic media relations at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and four and a half years as the assistant commissioner for media relations at the Sun Belt Conference in New Orleans.
Before moving to Louisiana in July 2000, she was a member of the athletics media relations staff at the University of Denver, and she started communications offices at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and Eastern New Mexico University.
Willson is an active member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and served as President of the organization during the 2015-16 academic year. She also served as president of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) in 2013-14.
The Cambridge, Mass., native graduated from Geneva College in 1988 with an undergraduate degree in psychology with minors in business administration and public relations. She earned a Master's degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports administration from Eastern New Mexico University in 1997.
Chamberlain comes to Baton Rouge after a four-year stint at the University of New Mexico. For the Lobos, she began working with the volleyball and softball teams before transitioning to women’s basketball in June 2015. In 2016, she was promoted to the level of Associate Director, and she began working as the primary media contact for the men’s basketball program, the first female to head up the communications efforts for the Lobo men's basketball team. During her time at New Mexico, Chamberlain helped oversee all Lobo social media accounts.
On March 1, Chamberlain was named the 2017 CoSIDA Rising Star for the University Division, and she was recognized at the CoSIDA convention in June.
Chamberlain started her career at Pacific University, a Division III school in Forest Grove, Ore. She served as the primary contact for nine sports, including men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s swimming, softball and women’s tennis. Aside from updating Pacific’s social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter, she also developed the Instagram platform for the Boxers.
Chamberlain, a native of Grants Pass, Ore., graduated with a bachelor’s of arts in literature from Pacific University in 2012. During her four years as an undergraduate, she worked in the Sports Information office as an office assistant and statistician for football, volleyball and basketball.
While working towards her literature degree and working in the Sports Information office, Chamberlain was also a four-year member of the Pacific softball team. She became one of the most decorated players in Pacific softball history and the program’s top slugger. Chamberlain ended her career as a four-time First Team All-Northwest Conference selection and a three-time NFCA All-West Region selection.